SLU slugs past Salukis in 11-0 defeat

    Ryan Rosthenhausler had three of Southern's five hits.

    Ryan Rosthenhausler had three of Southern's five hits.
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    May 14, 2013

    Box Score

    SAUGET, Ill. – Southern Illinois suffered its worst defeat of the season in an 11-0 loss to Saint Louis Tuesday night at GCS Ballpark. The Billikens (34-17) took control early, built an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the third and handed SIU (24-28) its third shutout of the season.

    “We were just outplayed in every area of the game,” SIU Coach Ken Henderson said. “They were much better than us on the mound. They were better than us offensively and defensively.”

    In an eventful third inning, Saint Louis extended its lead to 8-0 with a four-run rally. With the Billikens already leading 4-0, Danny Brennan and Jake Henson hit back-to-back home runs. It was a two-run homer followed by a solo shot to extend the lead to 7-0.

    That spelled the end of the night for Saluki starter Brad Drust. He allowed seven runs for his second straight start and took the loss to fall to 3-3. Drust’s replacement, Derek Fogel, was ejected after hitting Alec Sole in the helmet with his first pitch. After a long discussion between Henderson and the umpiring crew, Matt Murphy replaced Fogel and got out of the inning after Sole scored to give the Billikens an 8-0 lead.

    That was more than enough support for SLU starter Josh Moore who scattered three hits in six scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season.

    SIU’s relievers kept the margin at eight runs through the middle innings as Murphy threw two scoreless frames, and Lee Weld backed him up with a scoreless fifth and sixth inning. Jacob Williams was the fourth reliever used by the Salukis, and he allowed one run off two hits in the seventh. That stretched Saint Louis’ advantage to 9-0.



    “The bullpen did a great job,” Henderson said. “That’s the only bright spot of the day. Murphy, Weld and even Williams, those guys did a good job and at least kept us where we were at.”

    However, the Saluki offense could not get anything going all night. SIU managed just five singles and matched a season high with 12 strikeouts. Seven of its 12 strikeouts came in the final three innings. Ryan Rosthenhausler had three of SIU's five hits.

    SLU hit four home runs, which accounted for eight of its runs in the game. In the second inning, Alex Kelly extended the Saint Louis lead to 4-0 with a three-run home run. The Billikens piled on a couple extra insurance runs in the eighth on Braxton Martinez’ two-run home run off of Austin Johnson.

    “Those balls were hit well,” Henderson said of the home runs. “That’s what happens when you throw the ball right down the middle belt high. Good hitters are going to turn it around, and they did. We made bad pitches, and we paid for it.”

    The loss ended Southern Illinois’ chance of finishing the regular season with a winning record. The Salukis will close out the regular season with a three-game series at home against Missouri Valley Conference leading Illinois State beginning Thursday at 3 p.m. They will be the final games played at Abe Martin Field before it undergoes a major renovation this offseason.